JWT Asks Ad Industry to Help 'Christmas Story' Doofus Detach Tongue

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Simple, brainless fun. That's what's so special about this year's JWT holiday card. For a while there, we thought the ad industry had decided to forgo the annual rite of creative passage known as the holiday card but now we have so many submissions we just don't know what to do with all of them.

We like this one because:

A. It arrived via email with a single URL in the body of the email. No lame sales pitch.

B. It's actually good in the most simple of ways. You get to hlep that A Christmas Story doofus detach his tongue from the light pole with various items like a blow dryer, a spatula and a chain saw.

C. You don't have to log in.

D. Even your buffoon on a boss who still refuses the Internet will amount to anything can work it.

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Wieden UK Builds A Forest For Christmas

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Here's a few agency holiday cards we haven't seen yet. As one commenter pointed out, there seems to be far less of then this year than last. Either that or no one's sending them to us for fear of receiving some kind of negative rant. Oh come on, we never do that around here!

Oh but wait, we have to. Any holiday card that requires you to log in...well...that's just too much effort to exert just to celebrate the holiday season. Oh but wait, it's for a good cause. Yes, Wieden + Kennedy London's Wieden's Woods provides some sort of green-friendly tree growing thing. Oh, and over there in the UK, they don't mess around with the whole politically correct "holiday" thing. They just come right out and say it: Merry Christmas.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-18-07    
Topic: Agencies



Arnold Shares Agency Culture with Award Show Reflections, Tame Insights and Bad Rock

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Lest we perceive Arnold as naught more than a passel of salty stripper-lovin' pervs (that's how we like 'em!), the agency has decided to educate us on its "culture" with a series of online videos.

The first installment, which is understandably very boring (the better to fight the "perv" connotations), is all about the AdColor Awards, which took place in Boca Raton, FL in early November.

Listen to one employee wax poetic about the award show's "positive messages." And hear snippets of quotes from people whose titles include Change Agent, All-Star (like Magic at left), Innovator, Legend, and other monikers whose meanings we don't feel super-clear on.

Stay tuned for more episodes that feature different employees from its offices in DC, Boston and NY.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-18-07    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events, Video



Publicis Macedonia, Vision Firm Show Love For Same Stock Photo

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We've had fun over the years enjoying the pitfalls of stock photography and the seeming inability of those using it to, when warranted, sign for exclusive use. So it is with great pleasure we bring you yet another stock photography goof courtesy of Publicis Macedonia...or BlueStepStudio which had a hand in developing the Publicis site...or Ultralase, the laser eye treatment company that used the same photo.

Yesterday, we were tipped to the striking resemblance (um, identical match) of a model used in an Ultralase ad found on an AOL UK page and another used as the background image of the Publicis Macedonia homepage. Yup, there she is. Looming large, peering out from behind a frame created by her fingers akin to a film director framing a shot.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-18-07    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Online, Opinion, Strange



Arnold Continues Stripper Fixation With New York Pravda Party

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Perhaps taking a cue from Arnold's Boston office holiday party last year during which stripper antics were performed on a pole in Creative Director Pete Favat's office, Arnold New York management hired five strippers for its New York office party held at Pravda reports Agency Spy reports.

It seems the ladies stripped down to nothing but pasties and thongs leaving employees, Agency Spy reports, "shocked and horrified" with female employees "alienated" and male employees "guilty." While a full on strip show might not be the best entertainment of an office holiday party, pictures of the event make it all look like a harmless, burlesque-like show. In fact, the one lone female caught observing the so-called strip tease is smiling. Yes, smiling. Hardly indicative of "shock and horror." OK, so it's only one picture and to be fair, hardly indicative of the entire evening.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-17-07    
Topic: Agencies, Opinion, Racy



Squealing Elf Delivers Gift-O-Lator's Cheer

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Well here's a cute agency holiday card and it's perfect for those who just don't know what to buy for themselves or for their significant others.

Called Gift-O-Lator 1.03, the site, complete with happy elf lets you choose whether you want your gift to be masculine or feminine, work-related or play-related, thrifty or expensive and geekish or jock-like. It's amusing enough to use if only to cause your cube mate to pop their head over the divider wondering where the hell that mousy succession of "yeas" is coming from.

The card comes courtesy of Cleveland Ohio's Liggett Stashower.

by Steve Hall    Dec-17-07    
Topic: Agencies



Animation, Exercise, Rodents, Charity Theme Holiday Messages

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Here it comes... Here it comes... Here it comes... No, not Dove's Onslaught. The ad industry onslaught of holiday cards. We know there will be many more but for now we have a few to share.

First up is Damashek Consulting which went green with its wildlife and environmentally focused approach that actually involves selling holiday-themed art created by artist Diane Grappasonno. All proceeds from the 200 signed prints will be donated to the World WildLife Fund. Nice. After all, Christmas is all about giving, right?

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Good, Online



Gnomes. Yeah, Become a Gnome, Too

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Nothing says jackpot like a slew of copycats. So if (like us) you wondered about the success of the Elf Yourself campaign by OfficeMax, look no further than this moody spoof by Dunder Mifflin.

DM also built a website called Gnome Yourself, which features characters from The Office.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Spoofs



Hangman: It's Never a Bad Time for a Cautionary Tale

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Here's the story of little Pipkin Puddyfoot, the boy who was allergic to electricity, brought to us by Hangman Studios.

For Christmas, Pipkin gets a visit from a special guest, who gives him a special gift, which enables him to fool with all the electronics he likes, which leads to a most maudlin little lesson.

Gee, thanks, Hangman. (We're not sure what we were expecting, considering the last time they contacted us they gave us this.)

by Angela Natividad    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online



Facebook Affiliated, House Decorated, Brazil Mapped, Intel Reviewed

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- Ad Lab has a piece on how you can make money with your Facebook profile by adding an affiliate banner.

- TBS has a sneak peak of it's Funniest Commercials of the Year 2007 which will air December 26 at 9PM.

- Look! Look! You can decorate a house! You can play music! You can send it to a friend! Yes! Yes! It's an agency Christmas...uh...Holiday card!

- In Brazil, LIVE launched Google Maps with a Google map pin-shaped hot air balloon and tracked its flight on a map.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials










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